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Seven Days of Strange Landscapes

Lightbox March 4, 2012

From thousands of spiders in Australia and a massive ruptured ice wall in Argentina to the aftermath of the U.S. tornadoes and the wake of last year's Japanese tsunami, TIME’s photo department presents a selection of surprising and surreal vistas from the past week.

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Prakash Mathema—AFP/Getty Images
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Silhouettes in the News

More than 200 years ago, the silhouette was the foremost way to document one’s appearance, but it’s still widely used in photographic frames today. From capturing the Costa Concordia to presidential primaries and pilgrims, LightBox looks at the use of silhouettes on the wires this month.

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Stefan Wermuth—Reuters
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Grace and Power: Bending Over Backwards to Reach the Olympics

An event at London’s North Greenwich Arena gives the world’s best gymnasts one last opportunity to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games.

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John Moore—Getty (left); Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR for TIME (right)
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Two Takes: One Picture, Two Photographers

The romantic notion is that photojournalists bare unique witness to the events of the world as they unfold around them. In reality, due to circumstance, comfort and organizational requirements, photographers often find themselves in the company of fellow photojournalists, working side by side, when covering the news.

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Manuel J. Martinez—Reuters
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TIME’s Best of 2011: Animals in Peril

The average animal doesn’t make headlines, but countless creatures have been photographed amid the chaos and destruction so widely connected to some of the year’s biggest stories. Here, LightBox looks back on a few furry friends who’ve found themselves in harm’s way this year.

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Seamus Murphy—VII
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TIME Looks Back at The Best Photos… of Photos from 2011

A look into a collection of news photos of photos, where blissful instants are lost among a sea of uncertainty, and moments from the past are frozen in the present, stark in the contrast between then and now.

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KCNA/KNS/AFP
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Kim Jong Il as First Among Equals

In the wake of the death of North Korea’s Dear Leader, Lightbox looks at how Kim Jong Il always presented himself as first among equals.

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Stefanie Gordon—AP
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TIME Picks the Best Viral Photos of 2011

Spontaneous snapshots. Intimate moments. Unexpected exposures. There was no one formula for this year’s most viral photographs.

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Pete Muller—AP Photo
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Pete Muller: TIME Picks the Best Photographer on the Wires

Of the millions of photographs moving through the news services—known as “the wires”—this year, the work of Associated Press freelancer Pete Muller stood out. His exceptional photographs—focused on Africa and particularly Sudan—take an individual approach to storytelling, one that combines a distinctive aesthetic with journalistic integrity.

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Wayne Tilcock—The Enterprise/AP
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The Prevalence of Pepper Spray in Protests

Nothing disperses a crowd like a shot of chili pepper to the eye. A number of incidents have called attention to the liberal usage of the spray against protesters appearing both defenseless and peaceful.

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